This is something that everyone wonders about.  It’s something that I used to be very ignorant about so I would ask all my fellow workout partners what they ate before a workout. I had no idea what worked and what didn’t. Since then, I have now done the research and can answer intelligently. We’ll answer that question here.

There’s also this question:  Do you eat on an empty stomach or not?  There’s great debate about that also.  That will also be addressed.

Fueling your body with the right food prior to exercise will give you the energy and strength you need to have a better workout, but some folks can’t workout with food in their stomach, so it all depends on who you are.

I’ve chosen 4 videos of expert trainers – all with a little different view of what you should eat. or not eat before a workout.  Watch and never wonder again what food to eat before a workout. 



Even though Max speaks like a gym-bro he is a knowledgeable guy and knows what works. He even knows that some people don’t do well at the gym if they have food in their stomach, while others need food and the energy it gives so they can get a good workout.

Max lists ten (10) pre-workout meals that work for many people and may be useful for you. He details a wide variety of foods and describes how and why each one works.   At the end, he discusses how long before your workout you should eat.



Now here is my favorite trainer, and he details his entire day of eating.  I think this is useful to see how the experts eat.  This is not just what he eats before his workout, but what he eats all day.

One of his secrets is to drink a lot of water and he reveals his trick to drinking enough. He drinks sparkling water.  It is so much more appealing than flat water and entices him to drink more. I learned this from him and could never drink the amount of water I do in a day if I didn’t have my sparkling water.

Your pre-workout food may not look like his, but this is a good example of what works for one super fit guy.



Here is a good explanation of some of the science behind what different foods provide you when you workout.  If you just want to watch the first 30 seconds, he’ll give you a summary, but watch the whole video to better understand the details of what you should eat before your workout.

At the end of the video, he describes some “small” meals that you can use 30 to 60 minutes before a workout to give you the fuel you need to power your workout.



Here is another straightforward explanation of what to eat before and after a workout.  This is Anthony’s solution and certainly a good one.  He talks a little bit about why you need carbohydrates before a workout.


Have you noticed how often bananas come up in this discussion?

Sometimes as a pre-workout snack and in the last video, Anthony uses it as a post-workout snack along with some protein to start the healing process and to restore the carbs that you depleted during your workout.

It seems to be a great pre-workout snack to give your body some easily digestible carbs.



So it turns out that there is a consensus of what is needed to eat before a workout  – CARBS.  It may not be what you thought.  A lot of folks think you should have a protein shake.


Not what your body needs during a workout.  Now after a workout, that may be the thing to have, but protein is not contributing to the stamina and energy you need during a workout.

A modest amount of the right carbs are what you need 30 to 60 minutes before your workout.  I hope this gives you some help in what food you eat before your next workout.

See you at the gym.


Published by "W" Tucker

I've been a fitness enthusiast for many years and want to encourage guys over 40 to get and stay in shape. It makes life better, and makes you look and feel better.

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  1. Hi There,
    Thank you so much for writing this, this was exactly what I was looking for. Do you know I am quite new to weight training so I never really knew what to eat. I was just having a protein shake. I have watched the videos and I really like the one with jeff cavalier. I really like the way he explains all foods and gives a breakdown of his breakfast. It has giving me some great idea. I am quite glad you mention about carbs and they are ok. Even a few tips like sparking water, i always thought it was bad for you. This has been educational.
    Thank you so much 🙂

    1. Freddy, thanks for the comments, and it’s especially nice to know that my posts have helped you. That makes it worthwhile when someone needs and likes the info you post. 


  2. Thanks very much for presenting this info.
    I will certainly take note and apply.

    I once went to gym without eating and had a horrible experience of nausea, as the energy drained from my body. I never made that mistake again.

    What works for me is a light snack, carbohydrates and a fruit of some sort.

    Thanks for the advice.

    1. David,thanks for the comments. Yes, I can’t go to the gym on an empty stomach, although some people can and do.  I think what you’re doing is perfect – light and some carbs. 

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